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SM 53/4/71


[433] Final design, Court of King's Bench, 30 September 1824


Elevation and sections of exterior Gothic window to the screen wall of the Court of King's Bench, almost as executed


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Court of Kings Bench / Elevation of One of the Windows. / £ 150.0.0 dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 30/09/1824
    dated in accordance with SM 53/4/70

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and sepia, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (488 x 665)


Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 30 September 1824 records that George Bailey was About drawings of the / Court of Kings Bench.


Elevation of an eighteen-bay façade with a rusticated basement supporting an Ionic order above; perhaps associated with the Board of Trade, Whitehall.


J Whatman / 1824


The proposal is far more evolved than that shown in SM 53/4/71, with the geometric form of the window and its moulding profiles derived from Westminster Hall. A headstop (of a demi-figure bearing a shield) is sketched in pencil on both elevation and section. In the inscription the pencil note £150.0.0 may be an estimate for executing the window’s stonework.



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